NZAIA 2018 Conference
In New Zealand, there is much interest in planning for sustainable regional futures. Regional policies and plans help provincial towns and rural areas deal with the big futures issues, such as climate change, sea-level rise, sustainable social and economic development and enhanced community resilience. Impact assessment is used in New Zealand as a tool to manage the effects of development, including under the Resource Management Act and the Local Government Act.
Regions are proposing a number of initiatives and projects to enhance regional development, including transport and other infrastructure, forestry, water resource management, tourism development and visitor management, along with initiatives around housing and employment. But do we have the necessary methods and skills to apply impact assessment in support of these developments? Do we fully understand all their effects and how to monitor and manage them? Are sustainability objectives built into the planning process throughout?
Anticipating and managing the impacts of development on the environment, society and economy is essential at the strategic level as well as for particular projects. This conference will consider the opportunities and challenges in applying impact assessment to regional development.
This two day conference at the Havelock North Function Centre will bring together invited speakers and submitted poster papers, with examples and case studies. NZAIA invites the diverse impact assessment community in central regional and local government, universities, iwi, consultancies, the private sector and NGOs to attend. Graduate students are particularly welcome.
Accommodation information in Havelock North is available from:
Shuttle services from Napier Airport to Havelock North are operated by Village Shuttle and Jayride. A transfer costs between $40-$60.
We are pleased to announce two keynote speakers:
Raewyn Peart, Policy Director, EDS;
Distinguished Prof Paul Spoonley, Social scientist, Massey University.
Speaker bios now available here